jenrgw New Federal Rule Prohibits Truckers From Using Handheld Cell Phones While Driving

On the day before Thanksgiving, U.S. Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, announced an important development in the fight against distracted driving. Specifically, Secretary LaHood announced a new federal rule that bans interstate truckers and bus drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving.

The penalty for a trucker or bus driver who is caught using a handheld cell phone while driving is $2,750 in federal civil penalties for the first offense. Subsequent offenses may include not only monetary penalties but may also end a driver’s professional career. A driver’s commercial driver’s license may be suspended by the state after two or more serious violations. Additionally, companies that allow drivers to use handheld cell phones while driving could face fines of up to $11,000 per offense.

This rule will directly affect about 4 million truck and bus drivers, and may keep millions of other motorists safe from potential distracted driving accidents.

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